…for answering the call to Honor our Fallen!
From Wreaths Across America today:
More than 143,000 Remembrance Wreaths were placed at Arlington National Cemetery and 540,000 across the Country for National Wreaths Across America Day!
Wreaths Across America, along with nearly 30,000 volunteers, placed remembrance wreaths on the headstones of more than 143,000 veterans at Arlington National Cemetery. This is the organization’s 22nd year laying wreaths at our Nation’s cemetery and marks the largest number ever delivered. Across the country, 540,000 remembrance wreaths were placed in honor of our veterans at 908 locations (including Arlington).
A convoy of more than 30 vehicles, including tractor trailers, buses, motorcycles and cars carrying wreaths, veterans, families of fallen soldiers, and supporters, delivered the wreaths from Maine after participating in a week-long convoy. The group stopped at schools, memorials and in communities in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, to share its mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.
You can read more here!
Just a few of the fans who posted comments under our December 14th wreath-laying post on the site’s Facebook page about volunteering for, donating to, and thanking this wonderful organization:
“This is what true Americans do!” — Laurie E. Bowser
“Thank you. My grandparents are buried there.” — Susan Farrell
“This company is from here in Maine. I was fortunate enough to meet with some of the drivers as they started their journey. There were 23 trucks that were in the WAA convoy. One special trailer had a 6 foot wreath going to the Statue of Liberty. All volunteers. Wonderful people here in Maine.” — Janice Albright
“My brother-in-law and mother-in-law are there helping with wreaths!” — Greg Delbart
“We donated to this cause. It is a wonderful thing.” — Joy Cook
“I was at Arlington National Cemetery as a volunteer today to help lay the wreaths.” — Jill Schnell
“WE ARE BLESSED TO LIVE IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY! THANKS TO ALL THAT SACRIFICE THERE LIVES FOR US.” — Clayton Weaver
“We sponsor several wreaths each year wonderful cause I believe in.” — Vanessa Lucas
“My son was blessed to be chosen to place a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The pictures and video are a lasting memory of an honor he will never forget! Unfortunately,I have to say his name is Brady because Ben wasn’t a Pro player yet. Go Steelers!” — Cheryl Bowman Stallings-Moore
“That’s AWESOME, LOVING, and SUPPORTIVE. Thank you!” — Rebecca Shaw
“God Bless this group!!” — Peggy Ricards
“Thanks to everyone who made this possible!” — Carol Hackett
“I say thank you & do make a contribution. My husband is burried in Arlington & I live in south Georgia. I can’t make it to Arlington every year at the holiday, so this is a great program. Please support it if you can & thank you Big Ben for putting this out there.” — Sharon Vennelwieber
“Thanks for all of u who took part in this may god bless u all!” — Cherryl Matthews-Broadwater
“There was a wreath placed at my grandpa’s grave today at the National Cemetary of the Alleghenies in Pittsburgh. I couldnt attend. Thank you for posting this picture. Im sure it looks very similar.” — Jillian Fecich
“My cousin’s daughter and her husband were 2 of those placing the wreaths.” — Jan Zella
“Beautiful – goose bumps though. God bless America and our veterans!” — Karma N. Austin
“Happy to do it every year with the Cub Scouts from Pack 789 (Dunkirk, MD). By the way, I wore my Steelers gloves while placing the wreaths!” — Kevin Shaver
“What a beautiful thing to do. Never to be forgotten.” — Dorothy Heywood
“God bless our military!” — Lyle Anne Kratz
You can learn more about Wreaths Across America and how to donate here!
Photo 1: A little snowman gives a proper salute at the grave of this unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on December 14th. Taken by Arlington National Cemetery.
Photo 2: Volunteers got busy early placing wreaths on a blustery cold December 14th. Taken by the U.S. Army.